As soon as I stepped from my car and onto the trail, it smelled like late summer. The heat and humidity were there, but it just didn't feel like had any staying power. Lots of pollinators - many birds - absolutely no monarchs. So sad.
Cornus sericea Red Osier Dogwood. Obviously delicious for some little creature.
Just finishing up Tanecetum vulgare Tansy.
Daucus carota - Queen Anne's Lace - excellent in bloom, so very cool when presenting its seeds.
It really is hard to believe that this patch of nature is in the middle of a housing development, next to the Ford plant and just above the QEW highway.
Sorry folks, couldn't hold the camera steady - my first red leaves of the season and I was screaming, "No, No, No! I'm not ready yet!"
The Solidago - Goldenrod is starting to colour.
I didn't see him at first, just heard his gigantic wings take him across the pond.
Oenother biennia - Evening primrose.
Should have had my field guide with me - this is a Ribes - which one, not sure. You can see how quickly a Canadian woman gets over her first red leaf - much better focus here and a mere 3 minutes later. Very pretty how the same plant had patches of green and patches of red leaves.
I know this is on the evil list, but my it's a pretty plant.
And these last series of photos are reminder to us all, that insects aren't just busy in our own gardens, they are equal opportunity feeders and enjoy hosts wherever they may find them. What a cool gall.
How's this for a strange growth pattern. Tried to pull back the leaves to discover what had created this malformation. I found a spider and some webby material, but not sure if the spider was the cause, or perhaps just taking advantage of the tight leaves for shelter.
Whatever the cause, there were lots of Solidago that were afflicted.
So that's it for this month's Wildflower Wednesday. Fingers crossed my September rambles will find some Monarchs frolicking in the purple and white asters. And, lots more brilliant fall colour.